A View from the Bridge Essay

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A View from the Bridge *Works Cited Not Included The first scene begins with a fight. Obviously this introduction is indicative of some kind of intense emotion to follow. An aura of passionate emotions continues to surface throughout the play. The mood is set immediately. The audience knows that whatever is to come will be fiery and fervent. Ironically, the opening scene is the climax itself. By using this structure, the author gets right to the point that Eddie Carbone is a self-destructive character without restraint or self-control. His peers, the longshoremen, try to discourage him from fighting, but none approach him physically. By keeping a safe distance, they yield to his unbridled temper. Eddie is not a man who spends a lot of…show more content…
Eddie, on the other hand, exemplifies the part of an uneducated (and perhaps reckless) blue-collar worker. His pants are stained from a hard days work. His shirt is wrinkled and torn. Judging by his apparel, he does not intend to impress anyone with his intelligence. He looks every bit the part of a streetwise guy, who settles issues by his own rules or with the knife on his belt. Immigrants were mostly blue-collar workers, as well. Marco and Rudolpho wore jackets apparently torn en route to the United States. These jackets convey their determination and endurance to reach the land of milk and honey. Their costumes also illustrate the desolate conditions from which they came. These costumes, although subtle, played a key role in non-verbal communication with the audience. The acoustics set the mood in may parts of the play. For instance, when Eddie and Marco try to lift the chair, the rigid sounds suggest the level of tension between the two. Aside from background sounds and music, tone and volume entails what is behind Eddie’s dubious comments. When Eddie teaches Rudolpho to box, he presents himself in a seemingly harmless and playful manner. However, when Catherine comforts Rudolpho after Eddie punches him, Eddie raises his voice, although he pretends it was accidental. By raising his voice, Eddie inadvertently shows his insincerity. Marco, who is

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